1. The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
3. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
4. Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding
5. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
6. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells
7. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
8. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
9. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg
10. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
It comes as no surprise to me that this list is the same as the highest rated on sites like librarything.com. For me, most popular does not mean best, then again, I do not read most fiction.
I also find it hard to believe that people would read these very long and intense novels while at a beach...I can understand something short and light, but do you really want to be that engaged in a novel? I would think enjoying that beach would be more beneficial. I also do not doubt that persons who voted in the poll barely go to a beach if they have ever been to one.
To me, the question is: Why waste that beautiful scene on paper and ink?